Tomato Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

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A slightly sweet tomato sauce blankets these tender baby back ribs.

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6-8 Servings


For sauce
•1 cup coarsely chopped onion
•1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic (2 cloves)
•1 1/2 cups ketchup
•1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
•1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
•1 tablespoon light brown sugar
•2 teaspoons salt
•2 teaspoons black pepper

For ribs
•4 lb baby back ribs (4 racks)


Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 17- by 12- by 1-inch shallow baking pan with foil.

Stir together all sauce ingredients in a 2-quart heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

Transfer sauce to a food processor and purée until smooth.

Coat both sides of ribs with sauce. Arrange ribs, meaty side up, in 1 layer in baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake ribs 1 hour. Remove foil (from top) and bake ribs 1 hour more.

Cooks' notes:• Sauce can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. • Ribs can be marinated in cooled sauce in a large sealable plastic bag, chilled, up to 24 hours. Bake as directed.


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